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'Frequency' recap: 'Break, Break, Break'

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Frequency

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
1
run date:
10/05/16
broadcaster:
The CW
genre:
Drama

“Break, Break, Break” was all about loss — being a police officer, and specifically being a police officer on the Nightingale task force, has taken a lot from Raimy, Frank, and Satch. While Raimy and Frank are ready to dig deeper, Satch is ready to give up. And that’s where tonight’s episode begins…

Raimy gets called into Dirty Moreno’s office so he can tell her that since Satch has retired, he will now be in charge of the Nightingale task force (even though that’s not the proper chain of command). Obviously not pleased, Raimy goes straight to Satch’s house. He’s living like a slob, with no family in sight.

We flash back to 1996, when Satch is ecstatic from preventing Amanda Baldwin’s murder. He comes home to Leah and his two kids — it’s a much happier house. And Satch has even more to be thrilled about: He’s just been put on the short list for NYPD sergeant. But Frank brings him back to earth: He tells Satch they have a VIN from the burned truck’s engine, so they go track down the owner, Bill Bradley. Bill says he keeps the truck at his summer cabin in the Catskills, but he hasn’t been there in years.

Back in 2016, Raimy pushes Satch to keep helping. She wants to know more about the Catskills, which didn’t lead to much when Frank and Satch originally investigated it in 1996. Satch isn’t thrilled about helping Raimy, but he does take her to his garage, where he’s set up a shrine to Nightingale. It has all the files and info she could need.

If those weren’t enough flashbacks for you, we also get one to a couple years earlier, when Frank made detective. Julie and Raimy are celebrating at the station, but Frank failed to mention he’s going into narcotics, where he’ll have to be undercover. He says it will only be a couple months, but we know that wasn’t the case. Fast-forward a couple years later — a woman knocks on Julie’s back door and says she’s part of Frank’s undercover life. She’s the woman in the photos Moreno threatened Frank with last week. This is not going to end well…

Her name is Miracella (Zoo‘s Alyssa Diaz), and I was right: This doesn’t end well. Julie figures out what happened between the two and confronts Frank about it when he comes over later. They argue about him going undercover yet again; Julie says it turned him into a different person, but Frank turns it around and calls her out for her relationship with Coach Ted.

With nothing resolved, Frank heads over to his garage, where he tells Miracella it’s definitely over between them (also that she needs get the eff out of town because Moreno is taking out everyone who knows his dirty little secret). And then Julie heads to Ted’s for an “emergency study session,” where she ends up studying the human body…if you know what I mean.

NEXT: Serial Killer Camp

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Unaware of her parent’s extramarital affairs, Raimy is searching through Satch’s case files and finds something she thinks could be a lead: A woman named Larissa Abbott went missing in 1994 in the Catskills. Even though Larissa wasn’t a nurse, Raimy has a good feeling about this one because her arm bones were found together…or something. When she and Satch talk to her brother, he mentions a job she had during summers before she went missing — as a camp nurse.

Satch and Raimy head straight to Hideaway Youth Camp, which closed abruptly in 1992, the same summer Larissa was there. When first entering the abandoned property, they see a statue of a woman praying. Wrapped around her hands is a rosary. They’re definitely onto something.

Somehow it turns into night and they decide to explore these empty buildings in the pitch dark with flashlights. (Shout-out to the props and set departments on this show — those rooms were creeeepy good.) There’s religious memorabilia everywhere, and in the room Raimy searches, there’s a cross in a bathtub and a bloody zip tie on the floor.

A whole unit comes to pull evidence from the cabins the next day; Satch says if they can match the DNA to Larissa Abbott, they may just have figured out Nightingale’s first kill. But more importantly: They may have finally figured out his motive. Among the paraphernalia, Raimy spotted images of prayer rituals for the dead. She thinks the bathtub was used to baptize Larissa, which means Nightingale thinks he’s preparing these women for a holy death.

And even though this crack in the case is good news, Raimy and Frank’s final conversation of the episode is much more somber. Frank is frustrated with the divide between Julie and himself. He tells Raimy he met a woman while he was undercover, which is causing that divide to grow further. Raimy isn’t too surprised, but she tells him to make things right. And then they reflect on who they are and how they got to this place.

“What if who we are costs us everything we cherish the most?” Frank says. There’s no answer this week, but if the past few episodes have shown us anything, it’s that Frank and Raimy better get used to dealing with loss.

Timeline tidbits:

  • What happened to Satch’s family? His kids are probably grown and out of the house, but where is Leah?
  • 1996 Leah throws a party for Satch making the sergeant list and she announces to her guests it’s “all that and a bag of chips.” Oh, the ‘90s.
  • Why didn’t Raimy send Frank to Hideaway camp instead of checking it out 22 years later?

“It’s the ‘90s!” Songs of the Week: “Hey Jealousy” by Gin Blossoms and “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree

Episode grade: B+

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